Distinguishing Flipped from Blended Learning

The Faculty Development Center at the University of St. Thomas shares this great explanation by Francine Glazer in her book Blended Learning: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy of the differences between flipped and blended learning that I wanted to share in its entirety:

“A flipped or inverted class is a form of blended learning. Whereas a flipped course doesn’t reduce the number of face-to-face classes or the amount of time the class meets in person, a blended course typically has fewer in person classes. In a blended course more of the course is taught online and students often have more control over the pace and time as they work though the course. The differentiating aspect of blended learning is that a significant portion of the course occurs in two areas: online and in person. Blended course design involves re-thinking the course activities so that there is a “seamless” transition between the online and in person classes — the blending of the in person and online activities reinforce each other to create a single, cohesive course.”

Flipped Classroom Resources from UT Austin

flipped flow model
The Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas at Austin has developed some outstanding resources for faculty interesting in “flipping” their classroom instruction.

What is a flipped class?

This 1 minute video introduces the flipped classroom model of instruction.

What is a flipped class? from UT Austin CTL on Vimeo.

A flipped class is one that inverts the typical cycle of content acquisition and application so that

  • students gain necessary knowledge before class, and
  • instructors guide students to actively and interactively clarify and apply that knowledge during class.

What is flipped? Table comparison

Flipped Classroom Quick Start Guide

Flipped Classroom Quick Start Guide

How to Flip a Class

The videos and recommendations with guiding questions on the UTAustin CTL website, walk you through the steps of flipping a single class; the process is scalable for flipping portions of each unit or an entire course.

Thank you to the UT Austin CTL for developing and sharing such a comprehensive set of flipped classroom resources!

Blended and Flipped: Exploring New Models for Effective Teaching and Learning

Blended and Flipped Special ReportAt the heart of both blended learning and flipped learning is a learner-centered curriculum that changes the traditional roles of instructor and student.

This downloadable special report features 12 articles curated from past issues of The Teaching Professor, Online Classroom, and Faculty Focus. With six articles dedicated to blended learning and six articles on the flipped classroom, Blended and Flipped: Exploring New Models for Effective Teaching & Learning provides an inside look at how faculty are using these approaches to reshape the college classroom. Articles include:

  • Putting the Learning in Blended Learning
  • Recommendations for Blended Learning Course Design
  • The Process Approach to Online and Blended Learning
  • Expanding the Definition of a Flipped Learning Environment
  • “I Don’t Like This One Little Bit.” Tales from a Flipped Classroom
  • Looking for ‘Flippable’ Moments in Your Class